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5 Surprise Midfield Signings for Manchester United

5 Surprise Midfield Signings for Manchester United

It is imperative that Manchester United have to invest in the midfield in order to challenge for a title next season. Amid links to midfielders such as Toni Kroos, Sergej Milinkovic Savic, and Fred, what are some of the other options Manchester United have? Here’s five midfielders that would surprise Manchester United fans, but aid us in our title quest next season.

5. Julian Draxler

 

Age 24
Club PSG
Contract Ends 2021
Height 6’ 2”

 

 

 

Draxler has featured in an ultimately disappointing PSG side this season, playing alongside the likes of Verratti, Mbappe and Neymar, yet failing to win the big prizes the club set out to win. With Neymar and possibly Verratti likely to force a move, Draxler may also be looking to find a way out of the French club this season. Capable of playing on the wing or in midfield, Draxler would be perfect for Manchester United. He’s a top class player who can score, create and add flair to our attack. Draxler will also be 25 in September, the perfect age for our squad. In addition, PSG will have to pay 180 million euros to AS Monaco in order to keep Kylian Mbappe, and they will certainly look to get any money they can to avoid breaking FFP rules. If Manchester United act fast enough, they could sign him for a reasonable price. While we have been tentatively linked to him in the past, this is a player Manchester United could very well sign this season

4. Lucas Torreira

 

Age 22
Club Sampdoria
Contract Ends 2022
Height 5’ 6”

This young Uruguayan midfielder has done exceptionally well for Sampdoria in Serie A this season. A center-defensive midfielder who is similar to Michael Carrick, Torreira excels at transitioning the ball quickly from back to front, using his incredible passing range and astute reading of the game to transition the ball into the final third. Torreira would be an ideal addition to our midfield, as he could rotate with Matic or play in a midfield three with Pogba, giving him license to go forward while also contributing offensively with playmaking from deep. However, he is only 22, and with Mourinho growing impatient with the likes of Rashford and Martial, there is no evidence he will sign such a young player. He’s also contracted until 2022, which would make him fairly expensive for such a young player. But Torreira will almost certainly be snapped up by a bigger club this season, and there is no reason Manchester United shouldn’t be at the front of that cue.

3.Adrien Rabiot

Age 23
Club PSG
Contract Ends 2019
Height 6’ 3”



A talented but somewhat inconsistent midfielder, Frenchman Adrien Rabiot has had a mixed season for PSG. Standing at 6 foot 3, his physicality combined with his technical ability make him a uniquely talented player. His passing, creativity and physicality are all things that Manchester United could benefit from if he were to sign. His contract is up in a years time, so he could be signed for a cheap price in Manchester United act fast enough. As previously mentioned, PSG will be looking to offload players to balance their massive spending of the last few season. While he has struggled for consistency and would be a risk, Rabiot is a player who under the right guidance, could be a great signing for the Red Devils.

 

2.Max Meyer

Age 22
Club FC Schalke 04
Contract Ends 2018
Height 5’ 8”

FC Schalke have had a terrific season in the Bundesliga, finishing second to Bayern Munich and ahead of Borussia Dortmund. At the heart of this campaign has been Max Meyer. He’s creative, skillful and above all, has played for a team that plays similar to Manchester United in some aspects. Schalke defend deep and do not rely on pressing, and try to counter attack often. With a similar defending style at United, Meyer could quite easily adapt to Mourinho’s system and help the team become better on the break. His contract ends this summer, meaning any club could sign him for free. He has been heavily linked to Liverpool, but Manchester United should not sleep on this hot German prospect. 

1.James Rodriguez

 

Age 26
Club FC Bayern Munich (Loan from Real Madrid)
Contract Ends 2019 (Loan)
Height 5’ 11”

James Rodriguez would be an unbelievable midfield signing for various reasons. He’s a huge brand worldwide, and would be the perfect player to acquire the number 10 shirt. He’s also a player who doesn’t need much development, and could come straight into the team and make an impact. He’s a leader, not the same kind of leader as Roy Keane, but someone who has passion and leads by example. But above all that, his attributes as a player make him one of the best midfielders in the world. He can play in a midfield two, a midfield three or as an attacking midfielder. His passing range, decision making, vision, skill and crossing make him one of the most complete midfielders in Europe. Additionally, Rodriguez’s dead-ball delivery is exceptional, and with the amount of height we have in our team, he could unlock a whole new dimension to Manchester United’s attack. While he is still on loan at Bayern, the club are still unsure whether to keep him or not. And if Manchester United act quickly, we could have a player that could have a tremendous impact on our title challenge next season.

 

By: Vishnu Anandraj

 

How Manchester United Could Lineup Next Season

Manchester United have undoubtedly had a perplexing season. Jose Mourinho has factually made progression, but has failed to play attractive football and pose a title challenge to Manchester City. These problems come from a lack of identity in the way Manchester United play. Heading into next season, it is vital Manchester United develop a set formation and a set way of playing.

Throughout the season, Jose Mourinho has mainly employed two different formations: the 4-3-3 and the 4-2-3-1, although he has experimented with variants of a 3-4-1-2. Here we see the 4-2-3-1 and the 4-3-3.

 

Consistency in performance level and the quality of football have been lacking with these two formations. This stems from a multitude of different issues.

For one, this both these systems use very little width. Mata, Sanchez and Lingard are all wingers who like to cut inside, playing in central areas regardless of where they start.

Martial and Rashford have started periodically throughout the season, but neither provide natural sources of width on the left and their strengths do not necessarily lie in their ability to cross the ball.

Moreover, our full backs are aged ex-wingers who are on the decline and need to be replaced.

Another problem with both systems is how our two best outfield players, Pogba and Sanchez, constantly get in each other’s way on the left side of the pitch. With Sanchez showing a lack of discipline on the left hand side, Pogba is forced to go deep or go wide in order to make an impact.

Therefore, it’s crucial that we implement a system that can get the best out of Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez while also providing us width.

If we analyze the history of Jose Mourinho, he has predominantly used two formations in is career. He used a 4-2-3-1, which we have already seen at Manchester United, and a 4-4-2 with a diamond midfield.

This is the formation that Mourinho used to conquer Europe with Porto, dominate England with Chelsea in his first tenure and with the treble with Inter. While he is an incredibly adaptable manager and used formations such as the 4-3-3 and the 4-2-3-1 at times, his staple was this 4-4-2 diamond.

In this picture, three changes have been made to the starting eleven: Andreas Pereira in midfield, Alex Sandro at left back and Timothy Fosu-Mensah at right back.

This formation, while not currently used in the Premier League, could give Manchester United several advantages.

One, it enables Pogba to play on the left side of a midfield three, giving him licence to make runs forward.

It also enables Sanchez to play centrally, the position most United fans think he should play.

Moreover, Martial and Rashford can play in their preferred position: as a central forward.

However, the one glaring problem with this formation is that is uses minimal width.

And with so many players who are good in the air; Lukaku, Rashford and Pogba to name a few, width and natural crosses are crucial and could unlock a whole new dimension to Manchester United’s attack.

 

 

 

But upon further analysis, we can see how this system can provide Manchester United with the width it needs.

In this picture, we can see how United can attack in possession using the 4-4-2 diamond.

With Lukaku leading the line and occupying the center backs, Martial can drift into the wide and half spaces on the left.

Sanchez can play more centrally and Pogba plays more advanced, and most importantly, Sandro can bomb forward and give us natural width on the left.

However, this causes an imbalance, as the attack is mainly focused on the left.

Therefore, Andreas Pereira will have to perform an unorthodox role in this system, occupying the wide spaces on the right when starting in midfield.

While this could be a midfield signing who can cross, such as Toni Kroos, the important thing is having some source of natural width on the right.

Fosu Mensah or an aged Antonio Valencia playing at right back is not a good source of width, and therefore, a midfielder needs to provide with in this system.

 

 

In addition, Nemanja Matic and Fosu Mensah will perform a crucial role in this system. With Sandro bursting forwards, teams can break fast through the expose left side. This would cause Matic to play more towards the left.

This leaves no players in the center circle area, leaving United somewhat exposed.

This poses a possible problem for this system, but, Fosu Mensah and Antonio Valencia are capable of playing as a defensive midfielder and could easily step into the midfield.

While the addition of Sandro and a midfielder to the lineup would aid in United’s success, the investment in a right back who can go forward could be the solution to United’s problems.

In this scenario, Herrera would play the same role as Matic, covering his full back while still remaining somewhat central.

With two sources of natural width in Sandro and Meunier, this system can be the answer for Manchester United’s identity crisis.

We can get the best out of our top class players while making use of the height of our team with two players who can cross the ball.

Additionally, signings such as Milinkovic Savic and Fabinho could easily be implemented in this system.

Other players in the squad like Lingard, Mata and Mctominay could also be used in this system quite easily.

This formation would take time to implement, as it is quite technical and the players are probably not used to it.

We would also need to invest in another central forward, which we are currently not linked with.

It’s also entirely possible that Mourinho will not believe this can work in the modern Premier League and will stick with a 4-3-3, which could work very well.

But judging from Mourinho’s past and the players we have at United, don’t be surprised if this is the system Mourinho uses to lead Manchester United to a Premier League title.

 

By: Vishnu Anandraj

 

Toni Kroos is Manchester United’s Number 1 Summer Target

Toni Kroos is Manchester United’s number one summer transfer target according to Miguel Delaney in the Independent.

There had been rumours circulating last week that Paul Pogba could leave Manchester United for Real Madrid in the summer, but contrary to those reports Mourinho apparently wants to bring Kroos to Old Trafford to play in a midfield three with Pogba and Matic, not to replace Pogba.

Mourinho has made it clear in the last few weeks that his priority this summer is a midfielder and has even gone as far as to say there will be no attacking additions, as he focuses solely on midfield and defence.

Kroos would be a stunning signing for Manchester United, considering he’s arguably one of the world’s top midfielders, at the peak of his powers playing for the world’s best side. However, United fans will also be weary of any transfer business involving Real Madrid due to their long held interest in David De Gea. Could United really expect to sign Kroos and retain De Gea?

What is undeniable is that a sea of change is coming to Real Madrid this summer. Whilst they may retain the Champions League and become the first club to win it three years in a row, there’s no escaping the embarrassment of effectively losing the La Liga title to Barcelona with half the season still to go. Madrid will busy in the transfer market this summer as they look to bounce back from that humiliation and Manchester United may see that as a chance to swoop in and sign Kross?

Whether they can or not remains to be seen. Don’t miss our three midfielders Manchester United must sign this summer video here

Fellaini to Leave Manchester United This Summer?

Marouane Fellaini has agreed to join Besiktas this summer according to reports from Turkey. The BBC Gossip page reports that “Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has agreed a deal to join Besiktas at the end of the season. The Belgium international, 30, is out of contract at the end of the season and could leave on a free transfer.”

Whether Fellaini’s departure would be celebrated by Manchester United fans remains to be seen? Fellaini was David Moyes first signing and to many fans Fellaini is seen as a symbol of what Manchester United have become since the glory days of Sir Alex Ferguson – slow, unimaginative, and ultimately not good enough for a side that should be winning titles.

Regardless of what United fans think though, Jose Mourinho is a huge fan of Fellaini – Not once in his tenure has Fellaini been the victim of one of Mourinho’s famous outbursts – and Mourinho will take Fellaini’s departure hard. Which in itself makes Fellaini’s leaving even more remarkable. To walk away from the biggest club in the world with a manager that’s spent months begging you to stay is quite a statement.

So why would Fellaini leave United? Well maybe that was his plan all along? If rumours are to believed an offer of a new contract has been on the table for months and Mourinho has been eager for Fellaini to sign. But at 30 years of age and out of contract the financial packages on offer to Fellaini from abroad are probably way more than United can offer.

If he does go it will be a huge kick in the teeth for Mourinho. For Fellaini to turn his back on Mourinho and United for money abroad after Mourinho has gone against many fans wishes and begged Fellaini to stay will be a big defeat for Jose.

Mourinho Wants Toby Alderweireld Deal

Manchester United want Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld according to latest reports. But is Alderweireld what United really need?

A tall, strong, combatitive centre back who is good on the ball is exactly what United need and Toby Alderweireld certainly fits that billing and more. Arguably the best centre back in the Premier League currently it would be a very naive Manchester United fan to say they’d be happier with Jones, Smalling and Lindelof. Plus the prospect of an Eric Bailly and Alderweireld centre back pairing has the look of something that could easily develop in to the next Bruce and Pallister or Ferdinand and Vidic.

But there is a big downside to any Alderweireld deal that makes it highly unlikely to happen.

For one, Spurs have been reluctant to do any business with Manchester United since they sold us Berbatov nearly ten years ago. Admittedly at some point that stance will have to change but as of now it’s a big obstacle.

More important is Alderweireld’s contract situation. His contract expires in the summer of 2019, however it does have a year extension option for Tottenham that would take the deal to 2020, two and a half years away. Interestingly there is a rumoured clause in the contract that allows Alderweireld to leave Tottenham in the summer of 2019 if an offer of 25 million comes in though. And 25 million for a player of his quality is a huge bargain.

The issue United have is two fold. To secure that bargain they’d have to wait 18 months. 18 months is too long in football. So there only other option is to try and deal with Spurs this summer. Which for the reasons stated above would be extremely difficult. Liverpool paying 75 million for Van Dijk won’t have helped the situation either so if United want Alderweireld they’ll be lucky to get any change out of 80 million. And here’s the killer. Alderweireld is 29 next month. As good as he is, is he really worth 80 million at 29? And if United wait 18 months to get him for 25 million he’ll be 30.

It’s an interesting one and I certainly wouldn’t rule out Toby Alderweireld signing for Manchester United. But when all the above is taken in to account it may not be the best deal for United right now.

Ross Barkley Perfect For Manchester United

Ross Barkley would be perfect for Manchester United. Not the words you’ll here from the majority of Manchester United fans, but listen carefully and more and more fans are starting to think Barkley could be exactly what United need.

Barkley is one of those players that seems to have been around forever. But at only 23 years of age that’s another string to Barkley’s bow that could benefit a club like United who have been caught woefully short of midfielders this last few weeks. Plenty of Premier League experience, creative, fast, strong, Barkley ticks many boxes in the search for a midfielder who can come to Old Trafford and offer some much needed squad depth and exuberance. He’s also played with Lukaku and has an understanding of what Lukaku likes in relation to crossing and through balls.

Add in to the above that Barkley’s a free agent in May and the question has to be why aren’t Mourinho and United all over this deal? Tottenham and Chelsea are both very keen so it’s not like Barkley isn’t admired by other big clubs.

The issue lies in Barkley’s inconsistency and a question mark over whether he has the scope to improve. There’s no question that on his day Barkley can be the shining light on the pitch, the issue is there’s been too many games for Everton where that light has gone missing. Mourinho was an admirer of Barkley from his Chelsea days but as with Renato Sanches we’ve already seen that Mourinho’s admiration for a player can come full circle in less than twelve months if he sees traits he doesn’t like. But with Pochettino interested, it’s fair to say that Barkley with the right management can take that next step and become one of the league’s best performing attacking midfielders.

The question is will Manchester United put their hat in the ring for Barkley? Personally I think they should. Especially with all the rumours that United don’t actually have that much money to spend. A player of Barkley’s potential for free is a no brainer.


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Griezmann to Manchester United Moves Closer?

Antoine Griezmann or Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United? Who would United fans prefer to be Man Utd’s next number 7 and which is more likely?

With Sanchez out of contract at the end of the season there’s a feeling that Mourinho could scupper Pep’s plans and bring Sanchez to United this January. But where would that leave the Griezmann deal? Would Mourinho want both?

Plus with today’s big news from Atletico Madrid surely the Griezmann deal is more a matter of when not if?

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De Gea Still Seeking Manchester United Exit?

David De Gea to Real Madrid rumours are like wasps round a can of coke, irritating and normally confined to the summer months.

However, international breaks can be like mini summer holidays for players and if rumours are to be believed David De Gea is enjoying the company of his fellow Spanish internationals so much that’s he’s been bending the ear of Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos with the purpose of obtaining a dream move to Real Madrid.

Now, I must first quantify that the only outlet currently running this story is the Daily Star – who to put it kindly, aren’t the greatest source of information when it comes to transfer news. So do Manchester United fans have cause for concern?

I think not. For one, the season has only just begun, the transfer window is shut, and having come off the hectic summer months news outlets are looking for stories to pull in readers. Will De Gea leave next summer? Who knows? I personally thought he’d go this summer and he’s still here, and it’s got to that stage now where I see every year he stays as a bonus. Only yesterday De Gea was waxing lyrical about how much he loves playing for Manchester United, and with his Spanish teammates like Herrera and Mata at United there’s no reason not to believe him. Maybe he does want a move back home at some stage, and if he does should we really begrudge him one?

For now De Gea is here and we should enjoy having the world’s best keeper between the Old Trafford sticks. Who knows, he could be here another ten years yet?

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Why Manchester United Snubbed Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale snubbed Manchester United according to some press reports over the last 48 hours. Unconvinced by Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United project, Bale chose to stay at a club whose fans don’t want him, whose President has lost faith in him, and whose players feel they are more balanced without Bale. Sound like a load of nonsense? That’s because it is.

The likely truth is that there’s no way Gareth Bale snubbed Manchester United because for Bale to be given the opportunity to snub us there’d be insurmountable obstacles to hurdle first. For one, Madrid wouldn’t accept the rumoured 92 million accepted when a prime Bale still has years left on his contract and kids like Dembele and Mbappe have just moved for over 130 million each. Not to mention the David De Gea factor.

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United scout ‘Next Ronaldo’, Goncalo Guedes

Manchester United scouts were sent to watch 19 year old Portuguese attacker Goncalo Guedes, touted as the “new Ronaldo” as well as left back Alex Grimadlo in Benfica’s 4-0 win over Feirense on Sunday night.

Guedes is represented by Jorge Mendes, the same agent as that of Jose Mourinho. The shared agent and Portuguese connection between the two could give United the upper-hand in any future negotations between the two clubs. Other admirers of the teenager are thought to be Juventus, Valencia and Osasuna.

Guedes recently signed a new deal at Benfica, however the Portuguese club have been known to let  talent depart for the right price with Renato Sanches, a United target who went on to sign for Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich and Nicolas Gaitin in a move to Athletico Madrid, having been linked with United in previous windows. It is thought Benfica would be ready to sell the player in the coming summer if they were offered a substantial offer.

Guedes has been deployed in a central role this season by coach Rui Vitoria and has impressed, despite only scoring 1 goal in 8 games.